Vestergaard (1147) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Zakoon! Pours a pitch black with a small, tan head. Aroma has thick, sweet bourbon, salty soy notes, dark berries like black currant, cherries and black berries, dark chocolate, prunes, figs, dates, vanilla, slight oak, caramel, very little roast. Taste is very sweet, but in a very fruity way, again almost no roast, salty soy notes, coco nut, bourbon. Brown sugar! Sticky body and medium low carbonation.
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 bottle shared as rating number 8000 and 49th top 50 tick. Pours clack with a very short lived beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and barrel notes coming out but not as strong as the ’11 Pappy version. A lot more of the base dark lord aspects showing up, molasses, soy, fudge, sweet chocolate and malt. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with a thick chewy palate and very soft carbonation.
Maakun (2056) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared massive thanks to kermis for my 2k rating and his 8k rating. Black with short lasting light brown head. Massive sweet bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow, light spices, huge molasses, brown candy sugar, unrefined cane sugar, port wine. Very very sweet with a hint of alcoholic bitterness in the finish. Full bodied with sticky syrupy feel and soft carbonation. Massive massive stuff, really sweet but also really nice. Crazy. Thanks so much to kermis (again) and a great way to get to 2k ratings.
deanso (7199) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at lets get Kermis to 8k courtesy of Kermis. Big thanks.
No head or carbonation. Clear near black pour. Sweet vanilla taste. Wow. Excellent
Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, tan head. Sweet flavour, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Sweet flavour, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, roast. Thick. Sweet finish, cacao and roasted malts.
(from 66cL bottle shared @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’, Oirschot. 333th Impy stout rating, guess I’m half evil now. From trade with FullObs, thanks!)
ljthiessen (903) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle, sampled at Surly’s Darkness Day eve 2015. This lived up to the hype. Surprisingly sweet but very rich and tasty.
caesar (5971) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZZT, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of sweet vanilla, bourbon, roast, chocolate, coffee. Thick massive sweetness, slight roasty bitterness, vanilla, bourbon, mocha. Wonderful stuff.
DutchDrebus (5109) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ZZT12. Black colour with a small beige head. Smells appelstroop, very sweet, roasty. Too much. Tastes appelstroop, very sweet. Full body, thick, soft carbo.
Abijen (2197) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Donker bruin bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt zoet, kruidig, speculaas, stroop. Smaakt zoet, vanille, stroop, kruidig. Filthy dik.
koleminer20 (1383) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the Great Taste of the Midwest on August 08. The pour is used motor oil with a dark brown ring of head and a viscous glass color changing clinginess. The aroma is big chocolate malts and bourbon. A lot of oakiness and vanilla. Heavy soy comes through on the end, especially as it warms. The flavor is good, but it’s dominated by soy sauce. There is a nice malt and chocolate with a great bourbon coming through. Oak and vanilla are delicious but the soy sauce is a touch off putting. The mouth feel is thick and viscous with a heavy soft carbonation. The soy sauce dominates. Lingeringly thick and chewy with a completely controlling soy sauce again on the way out. Could be amazing, but the soy just won’t let it.